Styx filmed their next concert DVD in Las Vegas last summer, but we probably shouldn’t feel special.

Sure the classic rockers play here at least once a year. Though they haven’t scored a multinight residency like their friends in Journey are set to do the Hard Rock Hotel, it’s hard to think of many bands that have played as many single-night Las Vegas dates in the past few years.

But then they get on the bus and go play another town.

“I’m the new guy, and I’ve done probably 1,300 or 1,400 shows with the band,” says bassist Ricky Phillips, who recently rolled into his 12th year with the Chicago-born rockers.

“It’s not the record industry anymore. It’s the touring industry. Music is free,” he says of the road-dog philosophy.

So Styx has been releasing concert DVDs instead of albums. Their part of “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour (as well as Don Felder’s) was filmed at the Orleans Arena in late July for AXS TV and home video. Phillips says the band is close to signing off on the final mix and edit, though a release date hasn’t been set.

By Mike Weatherford

Las Vegas Review-Journal

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